Transit Planning

​​​​​​​​​​​​​LYNX Silver Line

Map of the entire proposed LYNX Silver Line Light Rail alignment Matthews, through Uptown Charlotte, to the airport and into Belmont with proposed stops at Belmont, then Sam Wilson, then I-485, then the airport, then Stafford, then Morris Field, then Ashley, then Remount, then Morehead, then Wesley Height, then Cedar, then Charlotte Gateway District, then Graham, then 11th Street/ Blue Line, then Central, then Pecan, then, Morningside. The next planned stop is at Coliseum/Ovens. The next planned stop is at Amity Gardens. The next planned stop is at Sharon Amity. The next planned stop is at Conference. The next planned stop is at Village Lake. The next planned stop is at Galleria. The next planned stop is at Matthew Township Parkway. The next planned stop is at Downtown Matthews/ Hospital. The next planned stop is at Sportsplex. The final planned stop is at CPCC Levine.

LYNX Silver Line Preliminary Design

A 26-mile alignment, with 28 proposed stations, that will travel from the Town of Matthews, through Uptown Charlotte, and out to the City of Belmont in Gaston County.

Key Connections:

Bank of America

City of Belmont
Bank of America Stadium
CPCC Central and Levine Campuses
​BB&T Ballpark
​LYNX Blue Line
​Bojangles Coliseum
​Novant-Matthews Hospital
​Charlotte Douglas International Airport
​Ovens Auditorium
​Charlotte Gateway District
​Town of Matthews

Timeline: The LYNX Silver Line is currently in Pre-Project Development. From there, the project will move into the federally-mandated Project Development, then into Engineering & ROW Acquisition, and then into Construction. The goal is total completion by 2030. 


Design Cost: $50 million.

How it's funded: CATS has allotted $50 million over 5 years in the current adopted budget to go towards the LYNX Silver Line design. 

LYNX Silver Line rendering

LYNX Silver Line Transit Oriented Development Study

This study will plan for potential transit-oriented development along the proposed LYNX Silver Line by finalizing station locations and types, and focusing on accessibility for pedestrian and bicycle traffic near proposed stations.

Timeline: Study is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Study Cost: $1,150,000.

How it's funded: LYNX Silver Line TOD planning study is funded by a $920,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration, $200,000 from the City of Charlotte and $30,000 from Gaston County.



LYNX Silver Line Rail Trail Study

CATS will study to determine a continuous bike and pedestrian facility along the LYNX Silver Line light rail alignment. The trail is anticipated to run from the Town of Matthews to the City of Belmont.

Timeline: Design to begin early 2020. Concept completion expected by June 2020.  

Study Cost: $200,000.

How it's funded: Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization contributed $150,000, the Town of Matthews contributed $25,000, and the City of Charlotte contributed $25,000 to complete the study.


LYNX Silver Line History

LYNX Silver Line Fact Sheet

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